GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The VCU Men's & Women's Track & Field program had a strong showing at the 2012 Florida Relays held over the weekend at the University of Florida.

"We had a productive weekend and did some really good things," said VCU head coach Jon Riley. "We still have room for improvement."

Freshman Kiara Porter set a personal record in the 400 meter dash, crossing the finish line in 53.98 seconds for 18th place. The Yorktown, Va., native finished just .08 seconds shy of the school record in the event.

"That was Kiara's season opener and she didn't disappoint us," added Riley. "I think she shocked herself with that time today, but I'm not surprised at all because I see the potential every day at practice. Great things are still to come from this young freshman.

The women's 4x400 relay team of senior Jazlynn Finney, senior Rachel Montague, freshman Nicole Grasty and Porter broke the school record in the event, crossing the finish line of 3:44.93. The previous school record was set in 2011, which Finney was a member of, ran a time of 3:46.70.

Senior thrower Julia Anyaugo placed sixth in the university division of the women's discus, with a toss of 44.45 meters. The Sterling, Va., native's heave was a seasonal best and qualified her for ECACs later this spring, as it surpassed the 42.50 meter qualifying mark.

Junior Dionna Hayes ran a seasonal best 11.75 seconds in the 100 meter dash on her way to 22nd place honors in the university division.  

Senior Nicole Walters ran the 800 meters for the first time of the season and crossed the finish line in 2:14.96.

The women's 4x100 meter relay team of freshman Alexis Stroman, Porter, Finney and Haynes ran their fastest time of the year (45.47) en route to a 12th place finish overall, including third place in their heat.

VCU will next compete at the Mason Invite next Saturday at George Mason University.